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Donate blood in memory of veteran, long-time donor

Central Plains Blood Services Region

May 28, 2013
 

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Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-268-0853, @RedCrossBloodCP                      redcrossblood.org

 

Donate blood in memory of veteran, long-time donor

American Red Cross blood drive commemorates 19-gallon donor Jack Moll

 

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (May 28, 2013) — When Jack Moll made a commitment, it was for a lifetime. That included his support of blood donation – Moll donated more than 19 gallons of blood before he passed away earlier this year from a heart attack.

 

A World War II veteran, Moll chose to keep his reasons for donating private. Only once did he tell his daughter, Jackie Loughridge, that during his time of service “blood kept my friends alive.”

 

“That military background is why he made sure there was a steady blood supply,” Loughridge said.

 

Moll’s generosity and dedication was passed down to his daughter, who is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive June 3-5 and June 7-8 in his memory.

 

Moll also received blood while undergoing treatment and surgery for colon and bladder cancers. After his diagnosis, he was no longer eligible to donate blood.

 

“Not being able to give blood really wore on him,” said his wife, Arlene Moll. “He didn’t want to stop.”

 

Summer can be a challenging time of year to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Blood and platelet donations often decline when schools are out of session and regular donors are on vacation. Jack Moll was an avid donor and his family hopes his story and passion for blood donation will inspire others to give.

 

“Dad always said, ‘What you can give, give generously. Don’t expect a return,’” Loughridge said. “Blood helps save lives. If you can give, give.”

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

All locations are in Hutchinson, Kan.

June 3 from noon to 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman

June 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman

June 5 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Sherman

June 7* from 3 to 6 p.m. at Dollar Sense, 1301 N. Main

June 8* from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Walmart, 1905 E. 17th

*By appointment only.

 

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.

 

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